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Wait, wait, now Kobe Bryant’s NOT talking to Turkey. Wait 30 seconds, there will be another update.

Jul 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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So he’s going, but wait, no, no he’s not. Wait, no he is! Totally talking to them!

No, wait, no, no he’s not. From Yahoo! Sports:

Kobe Bryant is “nowhere near any kind of a deal,” in Turkey, source tells Y! “Not even close.” He’s listening to offers, but that’s all now.

via Twitter / @WojYahooNBA: Kobe Bryant is “nowhere ne ….

This is like “War of the Worlds.” Besiktas is Orson Wells, we’re the poor, unsuspecting public gathering rifles for possemen to go hunt the little green Martians invading from Turkey. Pau Gasol is the Tom Cruise’s little girl. Or something. It’s not a perfect analogy.

This thing is going to drag on for a while. Bryant’s going to continue to solicit offers. Supposedly Bryant and Besiktas are going to meet next week when officials come to the United States for Deron Williams‘ signing. But Bryant’s also scheduled to continue his Nike tour in Asia next week. But hey, facts have never stopped a good story before.

On the flip side, crazier things have happened, and if there’s one thing that will drive Bryant to do something, it’s people doubting him. And everyone is doubting him. There’s a consensus that this whole notion is crazy, even as multiple NBA stars are signed, sealed and delivered overseas. Bryant’s a rare case, a Hall of Fame All-Star still competing in his prime, and, you know, Kobe Bryant. He doesn’t need the money, doesn’t need the work, does need the rest, and has no real reason to go. But on the flip side, it’s legitimate competition, which he’s obsessed with, and a chance to expand his brand to optimize his non-basketball earnings in the twilight of his career. There are reasons for him to go, reasons for him not to.

No one can believe he’s going. No one’s saying he’s not.

This is like Schrodinger’s Cat. Bryant is currently both playing and not playing for Turkey.

  1. wvan10 - Jul 24, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    It’s pretty crazy that another “decision” is making these kind of headlines. Especially since Kobe, or any player for that matter will not be playing for any teams overseas if the leverage move they are making by threatening the owners with this actually works. Even so, this is still months away and no decision needs to be made about when or who he would play for in the event the lockout did last into next season. One think I do disagree with. Kobe always has a reason for doing things. If nothing more, playing with Deron Williams on Beskitas would be a way to try to sway Williams to eventually join a certain team that plays on the West Coast when he’s set to go free agent year after next. Don’t think for one second Kobe hasn’t thought about that!

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